Get 3 Every Day
How Much Dairy Should You Eat and Drink?
Together, milk, cheese and yogurt provide many important nutrients not easily obtained from other foods. In fact, dairy foods provide calcium, vitamin D, potassium, protein and other nutrients needed for good health throughout life.
Are Americans getting enough dairy? Not quite. We get an average of two dairy servings per day, but we actually need about three servings to fill those nutrient gaps, according to several nutrition experts and organizations, including the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the National Medical Association, the Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt. The exact amount per serving depends on your age.
Enjoying just three daily servings of dairy foods, as part of a balanced diet, can help us meet nutrient needs while lowering our risk for certain chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.
It’s as easy as…
- pouring a glass of milk, regular or lactose-free, with a meal
- enjoying a morning latte or cappuccino made with milk
- having cheese and crackers for a snack
- adding milk, yogurt or kefir to a smoothie
- making salad dressing with yogurt
- topping a salad or steamed vegetables with a sprinkle of cheese
- baking with dairy
- enjoying yogurt and fruit for dessert
Have you “Got your dairy today?”